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Back injury and recovery question (Calling Elefantino)(5 posts)

Back injury and recovery question (Calling Elefantino)ghoss
May 13, 2002 6:56 AM
I am returning from my second discocotmy (sp) this year and I need some advice on stretching. The Doctor has cleared my to start riding (only 5 miles a day). I've been doing that for about two weeks now but on rollers, I am nervous about getting to far from home (weenie).

Anyway, I have found that I am very stiff in may back. It does get better after about 5 minutes of warm up but 5 miles goes by quick. Does anyone have any experience with stretching and strength exercices after having these types of surgeries?
My cycling goal for this year is to complete atleast one century by September...

I am scheduled to see the doc tomorrow but I know you guys give me some real world advice!
Thanks!!
re: Back injury and recovery question (Calling Elefantino)tad
May 13, 2002 11:37 AM
I had the same surgery several years ago, and I now ride 200+ miles per week and am in the best shape of my life. I attribute a lot of that to exactly what you asked about - stretching and strength exercises. I stretch daily - especially the hamstrings and lower back. I do strength exercises several times a week - especially the lower back and abs. Do things right during this important stage, and you should have a whole lot of happy miles ahead. Good luck.
I had surgery in MarchChaz_cycles
May 13, 2002 3:13 PM
I had the same surgery end of March. I began riding again 2 weeks ago. Although this weekend I did 90 miles. Nice and easy rides no problem. I guess I am lucky, still can't get into the drops though. I also changed to a nice carbon seatpost to help cushion the ride. Just take it easy and don't over due it. As for stretching you should I don't never have. I just start real slow and stand up every now and again on the bike.
Ask the doc to give you some more miles and ...Elefantino
May 13, 2002 6:49 PM
... you may have to make some equipment concessions. After my laminectomy/herniotomy in Nov. 2000, I also was stiff and sore but found that a 10-degree rise stem and a suspension post (RockShox road) really helped. I still stretch a ton before every ride and, when I can, I stretch again after about 15 minutes on the bike. Really helps. It also helps my sprinting/interval training because I usually have to hump to catch up with my riding buddies.

Many strength exercises just aggravated my back. I avoided them. But a lot of time on the bike helped. That and swimming. Swimming, if you have access to a pool, is a great way to strengthen the back muscles without a lot of pain.

Hope you're back to full speed soon. After my 2000 surgery, I was century ready by April.

FWIW,
Mike
Ask the doc to give you some more miles and ...ghoss
May 14, 2002 8:49 AM
Thanks Guys...

The Doc has cleared me for what ever mileage that I want just to listen to my body, which I have learned to do.

I've also ordered a book : Dr. Roots "No More Aching Back", that was recommended by someone who has had back problems.

See you on the road....
ghoss